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Son of God is, The Lord hath sent me to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Come, ye tempted, who are borne down with the violence of the law in your members, and of assaults from the evil
The voice of the Son of God is, I will be merciful to your unrighteousnesses; and the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. Come, ye children of domestic wo, upon whom the Lord has made a breach, by taking away your counselors and support. The voice of the Son of God is, Leave thy fatherless children with me; I will preserve them alive ; and let thy widows trust in me. Come, ye, from whom mysterious providence has swept away the acquisitions of long and reputable industry. The voice of the Son of God is, My son, if thou wilt receive my words, thou shalt have a treasure in the heavens that faileth not; and mayest take joyfully the spoiling of thy goods, knowing that thou hast in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Come, ye poor, who without property to lose, are grappling with distress, and exposed to want. The Son of God, though the heir of all things, had not where to lay his head ; and his voice to his poor is, Be content with such things as ye have, for I will never leave thee nor forsake thee; thy bread shall be given thee, and thy water VOL. I.
shall be sure. Come, ye reproached, who find cruel mockings a most bitter persecution. The voice of the Son of God is, If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye, for the Spirit of God and of glory resteth upon you. Come, in fine, ye dejected, whom the fear of death holds in bondage. The voice of the Son of God is, I will ransom them from the
power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. 0 death, I will be thy plagues ! O grave, I will be thy destruction ! repentance shall be hid from mine eyes !—Blessed Jesus! thy loving kindness shall be my joy in the house of my pilgrimage ! and I will praise thee while I have any being, for that gospel which thou hast preached to the poor!
PREACHED SEPTEMBER 20th, 1793,
A DAY SET APART
THE CITY OF NEW YORK,
PUBLIC FASTING, HUMILIATION
PRA Y ER,
ON ACCOUNT OF
THE YELLOW FEVER
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
How is it that ye do not discern this time? Luke xii. 56. I have sent among you
the pestilence; your young men have I slain by the sword ; and have taken away your horses; yet have ye not returned unto me,
saith the Lord. Amos iv. 10.
HAB. II. 3.
O Lord-in wrath remember mercy.
At the time when our prophet directed to the throne of grace,
that sublime and affecting petition of which our text is a part, the circumstances of his country were calamitous, and her prospects alarming. The most high God, provoked at her unfaithfulness, had withdrawn the smiles of his countenance, and the protection of his arm.
To make her know, by sad experience, that it is indeed an evil thing and bitter to depart from God, he commissioned his servant Habakkuk to foretell the speedy invasion of the Chaldeans, and to declare that he would yield her a helpless prey to this fierce and unpitying foe. The posterity of Abraham, like all other